CIRI News & Events

Dr. Kristen Rebmann receives federal grant 

Dr. Kristen Rebmann recently received a federal grant ($249,882) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant project is titled "Native American Community Anchors: TV Whitespaces for Tribal Connectivity, Equity, and Inclusion". This project, involving Dr. Kristen Rebmann of San Jose State University’s School of Information (SJSU-iSchool), Alana McGrattan of the Tribal Libraries Program of the New Mexico State Library (TLP-NMSL), Gar Clarke (Tribal Liaison) of the New Mexico State Department of Information Technology Office of Broadband & Geospatial Initiatives (DoIT/OBGI), Donald Means of Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Belding of University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Computer Science (UCSB-CS) will collaborate with Tribal Libraries across New Mexico to explore dramatically improving Tribal internet connectivity, equity, and inclusion through the design and implementation of several TV Whitespace (TVWS) networks statewide. The project seeks to address challenges associated with Native American digital access and inclusion through a two-year, four-part work plan involving professional development, technology implementation via a subaward program, evaluation research, and model development/dissemination. The grant period runs from 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2020. 

Read here for more information about the grant. 

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran co-authors book on minority leadership

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is a co-author of the recently published "Celebrating diversity: A legacy of minority leadership" in the American Association of Law Libraries 2nd edition. The second edition comes a decade after the first edition was published. The new edition provides insights into diversity in law librarianship, contributes to the history of diversity within the profession, and advances AALL's purpose and values. Dr. Villagran is highlighted within the text as a Leaders of Today (pgs. 94-98). She was included in the first edition as a New and Emerging Leader. 

Read here for more information about Dr. Villagran's book  

IMLS funded iSchool Projects: "Blockchain, Open Civic Data, and TV White Space" in the News

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iSchool Assistant Professor Receives Grant to Study Social Media Usage

The San José State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts has awarded Assistant Professor Michelle Chen a Research Scholarship and Creative Activity Infusion grant to investigate how tourists use social media. Read more here.

Investigation Digs into Blockchain Technology Benefits for Information Centers

Faculty members from the San José State University School of Information will host a national forum in summer 2018 to discuss how libraries can effectively utilize blockchain technology with a grant awarded to the San José State University Research Foundation. Read more here.

Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunity for Students to Preserve At-Risk Public Media Content

The San José State University School of Information is one of the five partner universities on the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship (link is external) developed by the WGBH Educational Foundation to increase audiovisual preservation and education at public broadcasting organizations around the country. Read more here.

Gwinnett County Public Library and SJSU School of Information Announce New Innovative Librarians Award

Gwinnett County Public Library and the San José State University School of Information will co-sponsor the Innovative Librarians Award to recognize library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services. Nominations will be judged by public librarians with years of frontline, managerial, and administrative experience. Read more here.

Alyce Scott

Alyce Scott will represent the iSchool on an IMLS grant awarded to the WGBH Educational Foundation (WGBH). WGBH will host a Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship for 10 students enrolled in library and information science (LIS) graduate programs to pursue digital preservation projects at public broadcasting organizations around the country, gaining hands-on experience in audiovisual preservation. WGBH will work with five partner universities: San Jose State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Missouri, University of Oklahoma, and Clayton State University. Each university will be paired with a local public media station to serve as a fellowship host. Fellowship placements will address the need for digitization of at-risk public media materials and increase audiovisual preservation education capacity in LIS graduate programs across the country.

San José Gateway PhD program student Karen Kaufmann awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

San José Gateway PhD program student Karen Kaufmann was awarded a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship given by Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information science and information technology. Read the full article here

Dr Lili Luo and Dr. Kristin Rebman receive SJSU Grants

The San José State University Office of Research Support and Services has selected two School of Information faculty members for its Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity grants. Associate professors Dr. Kristen Rebmann and Dr. Lili Luo each received $5,000 to support their respective research projects. Read the full article here.

Dr. Chris Hagar & Joyce Monsees (former MLIS student) publication

Hagar, C., & Monsees, J. (2017). Digital volunteer humanitarian aid organizations: The European refugee crisis (International Insights Column). College & Research Libraries News, 78 (6). Read the full article here.

Dr Lili Luo and Dr. Michael Stephens publication

Luo, L., Kennedy, M., Brancolini, K., & Stephens, M. (2017). Developing online communities for librarian researchers: A case study. College & Research Libraries News. 78 (4). Read the full article here.

New IMLS Grant to Help Veterans Become Librarians: Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Sandra Hirsh

A new research and scholarship program for United States military veterans will help them achieve their educational goals of earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and be ready for the job market. Full story here .

Dr. Lili Luo Grant Funded Project to Study Research-Practice Gap in Librarianship

Dr Lili Luo is conducting an in-depth investigation of how librarians employ the best available evidence to solve practical problems in the field. Full story here.

Libraries Leading in Digital Inclusion and Disaster Response via TV WhiteSpace Wireless Connections

A new IMLS grant project led by Dr. Kristen Rebmann aims to provide Internet access to underserved communities and library patrons by expanding the reach of the library’s Internet signal outside of the library building to public spaces. Full story here.

New Book by Dr. Joni Richard Bodart

Congratulations to Dr.Joni Richard Bodart on the publication of her new book"They Hurt, They Scar, They Shoot, They Kill: Toxic Characters in Young Adult Fiction (Scarecrow Press).

Upcoming Gateway PhD student publications

Buchanan, S. Exploring the lived experience of middle school students engaged in inquiry based learning. In S. Kurbanoglu et al. (Eds.) Information Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society and the volume # CCIS 676. Paper presented at Fourth Annual European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL): Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Prague, 11 October 2016). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Karadjova, K. & Mourer, M.M. Searching as strategic exploration: How well do faculty know their students’ opinions regarding information sources?. In S. Kurbanoglu et al. (Eds.) Information Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society and the volume # CCIS 676. Paper presented at Fourth Annual European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL): Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Prague, 11 October 2016). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Ruth Barefoot Awarded an eCampus Office of Quality Assurance (EOQA) at San José State University

Ruth Barefoot, an instructor at the iSchool, was awarded an eCampus Office of Quality Assurance (EOQA) at San José State University (SJSU) faculty grant to enhance the quality of online/hybrid courses and deliver innovative and engaging online/hybrid courses. EOQA’s goal is to provide access to high quality, student-centered courses that reflect best practices and promote excellence in online/hybrid teaching and learning. Learn more about the eCampus Quality Assurance Grant.

Recent Faculty Publications

  • Haycock, K. & Stenstrom, C. (2016). Reviewing the research and evidence: Towards best practices for garnering support for school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 22(1), 127-142.
  • Bernier, A., and Stenstrom, C. (2016). Moving from chance and “chemistry” to skills: Improving online student learning outcomes in small group collaboration. Education for Information 32 (1). [special innovative pedagogies issue], 55-69.

Bill Fisher Named Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology

Professor Emeritus Bill Fisher has recently been named Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Adjunct appointments at QUT are honorary postings designed to involve “distinguished and talented professionals and academics in teaching and research activities.” Professor Fisher has been involved with the San Jose Gateway PhD Program since its inception and currently supervises three students. His new appointment allows him to take on a stronger liaison role with QUT and greater leadership responsibilities within the program. Faculty members from both San Jose and QUT are excited about Professor Fisher’s continued dedication to and increased involvement with the program.

San Jose State University, College of Applied Sciences and Arts Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Infusion Grants

The following iSchool faculty were recipients of the RSCA Infusion Awards:

Dr. Chris Hagar

“Disaster Preparedness and Response: How Public Libraries Can Partner with Local Agencies to Meet Community Needs - Phase 2”

The second phase of the study will involve follow-up in-depth explorations of the exemplary disaster planning models, including semi-structured interviews with public library directors and library staff who are involved in coordinating disaster planning for their institutions. This phase will also explore further the nature of the collaborations between public libraries and the various emergency management agencies, and the barriers that have hindered collaborations.

Dr. Lili Liu

“A Diversified Approach to Research Methods Education: A Curricular Case Study”

A curricular case study will be conducted to examine a diversified approach to teaching research methods in LIS. This approach is currently being undertaken at SJSU iSchool, where various specializations of the research methods course are offered. For example, there are methodological specializations such as qualitative research, survey research, action research and historical research. There are also topical specializations such as theory and methods in youth services, information literacy, reference and archival services. The case study will focus on the experience and perceptions of students and instructors, seeking to yield insights into the efficacy of this approach in research methods education.

Dr. Michael Stephens

“Technology, Collaboration, and Learning: Perceptions & Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development”

This study will contribute to a better understanding of professional development offerings for staff of public libraries across the US. Previously, similar studies and surveys have been done with very small respondent samples. It seeks to expand upon those findings by delivering a survey to a U.S. audience of librarians and paraprofessionals, potentially gaining a much larger sample size. Findings will provide insights for public library administrators and training personnel, identifying the challenges and potential for PD offerings, and identifying potential opportunities for SDL and PD via large scale courses across library systems, consortia and associations.

Dr. Anita Coleman

"The Representation and Treatment of “Anti-Racism” in Bibliographic Information Systems and Knowledge Structures"

Dr. Coleman's research is examining how “Anti-racism” is treated in the library catalog and in selective and recent classic theological texts about race. Using classificatory analysis the major “anti-racism” categories, concepts and relationships are being identified and compared with current representations available in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

If you wish to know more about these research projects, please contact the named faculty.

Student Research Journal

The iSchool Student Research Journal (SRJ) editorial team published the latest issue of the SRJ volume 7, Issue 1.  The articles are freely available online in PDF format at:



Graduate student assistants engage in collaborative research and special projects with our faculty members.